We’re bringing you a short series of blogs about the upcoming InforWarCon, an invitational cyber training congress, that brings together an elite group of “political, military, academic, DIYer, and commercial cyber-leaders and thinkers from around the world.” InfowarCon (IWC) prides itself on being one of the only conferences where “a deputy secretary, a professor, a college intern, and a member of a think tank are able to sit down and exchange ideas” about the future of cyberwar, technology, information warfare, and related policy. InfowarCon was founded in 1994 by SAC’s founder, Winn Schwartau, and has since transferred hands to the combined leadership of Travis Hartman, William Kimble, and James Wright. You can learn more about the conference, which is taking place in Leesburg, VA Nov 1-3, 2018, by visiting the main site https://infowarcon.com/.

Today’s blog is an interview with David Marcus, Principal Engineer and Advanced Programs Group’s Research and Intelligence Team at McAfee, and will provide you some behind-the-scenes information about this conference.


How did you get into the infosec industry and how did that lead to your involvement with IWC?

I got into the industry 15+ years ago when I built my first firewall and got bitten by the hacking bug. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best leaders in infosec like Winn and Travis and the IWC team and interact with them at many industry events.


If you had a No. 1 reason why people should attend this conference, what would it be?

I like IWC because it is far more focused on intelligence than almost any other con. Intelligence by intelligence professionals, for intelligence professionals.


What topic is your talk focused on?

How breaches and data exposure have unintended intelligence consequences as well as how foreign intelligence uses data disclosures for targeting.


What do you hope attendees will learn from your talk and the resulting discussion?

That there are real-world consequences to data sharing, data breaches, and data exposures.


If you had one piece of advice for someone looking to break into the infosec industry, what would it be?

Master the skills of communication.


What does the future hold for information warfare? What’s the biggest threat to everyday citizens?

The future of information warfare is unlimited for the upcoming warfighters and offensive players. Defensive players and users, on the other hand, face more challenges and dangers than ever before. The speed of communication and technology has led to more ease in all areas of exploitation than ever before.


Any final thoughts?

Master the intelligence cycle. Study tradecraft. Learn to communicate. Engender trust.

David Marcus

Principal Engineer, Advanced Programs Group’s Research and Intelligence Team at McAfee
Dave Marcus currently serves as director of McAfee’s Advanced Programs Group research and intelligence team. His responsibilities includes advanced threat research, threat intelligence projects, hardware-assisted security development, open source intelligence projects as well as SCADA/ICS research. As one of McAfee’s Principal Engineers he is also a recognized technical leader and helps drive its technical direction and roadmap. In his spare time he lifts heavy things and is a family man.

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